author James Capper, publisher Hato press, 2° edition, 64 pp., size 14.7 x 28 cm, 2014
James Capper employs the materials of mechanical engineering and the techniques of industrial design to create sculpture in action. His practice consists of three distinct but interrelated processes – drawings, sculpture and performance. Beginning with concept sketches, he designs and builds automotive machines that gouge, scratch and score the materials to which they are applied. They are both sculptures, and sculptural tools in performance. These machines vary in size, from handheld power tools through mechanical diggers to gargantuan ships with knuckled legs that wade through shallow water.
This publication catalogues the wide variety of attachments designed to be appended to the extremities of those machines. – Hato Press